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New Surgical Suite Opens: Maximizing Our Life-Saving Impact

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of our new high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter surgical suite at our Oglethorpe Street, NW location this week. This project and the build out of the space was made possible thanks to the generous support from donors who gave more than $17,000 as part of a Giving Tuesday campaign last November.

In 2016, our amazing team of veterinarians and medical staff spayed or neutered 7,000 animals at our two medical facilities. Now, with the opening of the surgical center, we’re able to bring those staff members all under one roof, improving efficiency, and maximizing our life-saving impact.

Surgical Suite: Before and After


Cutting Expenses, Not Services

Previously, the Washington Humane Society and more recently the Humane Rescue Alliance provided affordable spay and neuter services for companion animals at our National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. Located at 1001 L Street, SE, this high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter center averaged 40 surgeries a day for pets of the public, our adoption center animals, community cats, and animals in the care of other animal rescue groups.

Our 10-year lease on the building that housed this vital program ended in February 2017 and the strategic decision was made to relocate L Street operations to the surgery suite expansion of the Medical Center at our Oglethorpe Street, NW location.

We are proud to be saving more than $150,000 each year on rent at L Street. As we consolidate our staff, inventory, IT, and other operational details, the cost savings will continue to rise. Additionally, we're working full force on a transition plan that enables us to continue serving all of our valued clients—a plan that includes continued vaccine clinics in Southeast and transportation assistance for DC residents as needed.